Wednesday, October 8, 2014

This Ol' House- Bedroom Tour

 I feel awkward just typing the name of this post, but what else do you call a post on your bedroom? My bedroom is finally coming together! Last week I sold my big black dresser and was able to move in my Grams dresser that she had left to me. I can't tell you how excited I am to have it! I have many memories of trying on her jewelry and the bright lipstick that she loved, while in front of this dresser. It's funny, as much as she was a tomboy, she loved jewelry and super bright lipstick!
 This is looking in from the doorway and the hall.
 I love this dresser!
 Please excuse the mess on top of my cabinet. Mental note to self, make sure the stuff you're hiding in your pics isn't reflected in the mirror.
 Things I love: Nail polish (don't worry I have more than that!) and scarves.
 My SIL gave me this cute little ottoman a while back. I can sit on it in front of my dresser!

 This glass thingy was my Grams as well. And the tallest perfume on the back left was hers. I don't wear it, but it's there for memories.
 Actually all of the glass items on my dresser were hers! She was fancy!
 Now that it's getting colder outside, I need more light in my bedroom to warm it up. I impressed myself when I used my power drill to use a drill bit to make a hole for the curtain holder, and then I screwed it in! I do love my power drill!
 My curtain ties are actually just fabric ribbon that a friend had given me a few years ago, but they match my pink accented bedroom perfectly!
 I have a necklace holder on the back of my door for all of my larger necklaces, but found that my smaller ones were getting tangled in it. Enter in this fabulous little thing that my momma made me! #sheiscraftyandthensome
This hangs right by the lights and switches when you enter my room, and right along side my dresser.

 Some people are really great at arranging pillows in a decorative manner and looking all fancy. I am not one of those people. This is the best I've got and yes, it struggles.

My Mom is making me a black dust ruffle for my bed. I have a super tall bed, so I can store things underneath. My house is not big on lots of closet space, so storage is key!

Friday, October 3, 2014

And now, in no particular order...

Is it Miss America that uses that phrase before announcing the top 10? Who knows! But for whatever reason, lack of caffeine possibly, that phrase is stuck in my mind. So now in no particular order here are some random snap shots of the past month!

 I love that my house has a large window in the living room. It makes for great people/neighborhood watching while I'm waiting for students. Remember this when you get to the bottom of this post.
 One day some stranger with straight hair stole my phone and took pictures of herself! Oh wait, that was me. I cut my hair too short and decided to straighten it so people would be distracted by that and not the shortness.
 Another day (before the hairs cutting) I  resembled a Duggar. Just call me Jarity!!
 One of my students went on vacation and gave me this ADORABLE little Cherrybear Cherry Honey!! Isn't that the cutest thing ever?! I about died! I mixed it with butter and it's sooo yummy on my toast and bagels!
 Sept 11. I basically looked like an American Flag, but I wanted to be loud and proud for my country on that day!
 I have been wearing my glasses quite frequently as of late. Between my allergies and being on my last pair of contacts, 4 eyes is where it's at!
 Cubbie came over one night for dinner! We weren't twins since my hair was straight, but I think he still loved me :)
 He brought his Mommy Audie with him as well!
 While I was finishing up dinner, Cubbie was looking out the kitchen door at my backyard and went CRAZY when he saw my huge unknown animal that has been lurking around. Audie and I both may have shrieked a little bit when it got a little too close to the patio for comfort! After some googling it was determined that I have a very LARGE Groundhog. My Mom suggested sprinkling pepper around my shed and patio, as animals don't like pepper (gets in their eyes) so the next day that is exactly what I did!
 Earlier this week I had just gotten out of the shower and was sitting on my couch and I kept hearing a weird noise through my opened living room window, and out of the corner of my glasses i could see a flash of something. It was in the morning on a school day, so there shouldn't have been kids around. I finally skulked over to the door when i heard the noise and saw this HUGE bird out in the road, eating what I sincerely hope and pray was one of the bunnies that also terrorizes my back yard.
I tried to get a better picture of him, but he had excellent hearing! I snapped this as he was flying away. He hung out there all day long, and was still flying about when one of my evening students arrived for her lesson. Needless to say she BOOKED it out of my house and into her parents van!

Monday, September 29, 2014

#ChooseJoy #JoyGivers365 Weeks 35-39

So it's been a little while since I've updated. Life has been busy, and I have been struggling with my ongoing chronic health issues, (which is nothing new) 

It seems that I always get brilliant ideas on blog posts while I am laying in bed trying to fall asleep. I feel like I should get one of those voice notes recorders so I can record my blogs before I completely forget them! Sidenote, back in the 90's and early 2000's I totally had a mini tape deck that you could record things with. #oldladystatus #wishistillhadit

Anyways, on to the post!

Lately I have been looking for ways to spread the joy. I've been trying to find nice things to do to surprise people and make them feel special.

Last week I had my normal monthly concert at a Retirement Home on their Alzheimer's unit. I cannot say enough about the staff there. They are EXCELLENT! If I had a loved one that's where I would want them to go. I have been there when they have had hard days, but despite whatever is thrown at them they always treat the residents with so much care, respect, and gentleness. Love in action truly.

I wanted to do something nice for them, so I decided to bake them treats. Because really, who doesn't love chocolate? I've been on a small mission to try out my pinterest recipes and thought that baking things and then gifting them to people who didn't expect it would be a really fun way to be a #JoyGiver. I made some super yummy Chocolate Chip Cookie bars and then cut then up and bagged them in baggies. Not the fanciest presentation, but I knew that they needed to be portable and something they could put in their scrubs pockets. So Baggies it was!!

This is a short post, but next time I will share my thoughts on having a Ministry while struggling with a chronic illness. Riveting, I know! Stay tuned!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Photo Dump

Brace yourselves for all of the random photos from the past month!

 Before I got a pushmower, Bethy would come over and mow my lawn, while I hung out with the Madster and Emboz. I got Madi a Wedding veil for dress up and she was NOT as excited as i thought she would be! The only reason she is smiling here is because she was pulling it off of her head!
 I hung up my mirror long ways in my hallway, I'm still working on perfecting my mirror pics but this one wasn't too bad! One day I will have a full length mirror, one day!
 Before the oppressive heat hit, this is what my Friday nights looked like after I was done teaching. So relaxing and nice to be able to sit on my back patio and look out at my back yard!
 Sunshine coming through the trees!
 I regret mowing my yard for the first time in my flip flops. Rest in Peace flip flops. You served me well!
 Audra and Cubbie came over one night for dinner and to see my new home! Cubbie was a FAN of the big windows and being able to creep on all the neighbors.
 Audra was stuck :)
 Mowing started easier than it is now! With all the heat and the rain my lawn grows crazy jungle grass, add the wet ground to it and I get quite the workout!
 On a related note I've been hanging out at the chiropractor weekly. :) While my chiro was on vacation my neck went out so I had to see a new Chiro, and found out she is covered by my insurance! WHOOO! Very thankful for that! I still see my Regular Chiro once a month, and visit her in between for tune ups!
 One of my students made a surprise for her little siblings for the 4'th of July. She wrote and designed books about "Firework Man" and made him part of the holiday. She brought the book she drew for her sister, featuring Ariel, and it was so creative I had to snap a picture of it! Oh, and she's 7!!!!!!
 Beautiful sky on a stormy night..
 Random selfie of me in my kitchen. 
 Not the cutest picture, but it cracks me up! One of my students is going on break so we had sort of a going away party for her. I made us Coke Floats, which were a HUGE hit!! She had never had one before! I was happy to remedy that!
 After she left my next student for the night arrived, and was trying for the perfect selfie to send to her friend from her Piano Lesson. I was cracking up at her! She would hold the phone up, make a face, then say nope. not it. Think for  a second, and repeat the process. This happened several times, and I was dying.  I couldn't really say much since I had taken a coke float selfie in the lesson before her :)
And finally, I have mastered a dessert! This Cherry Cheesecake is now going to be my signature dessert. I have successfully made it for several people who have loved it! I made this one for my parents who were coming to help me with some house projects. My Dad scarfed it down in no time, and my Mom actually asked ME for the recipe!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

#ChooseJoy #JoyGivers365 Weeks 29-34 Cancer Free!!!!

A few weeks ago I found a lump.

It's scary for anyone, but when you have very recently lost a loved one to cancer, and have the genetic history that I do, it's downright terrifying. I know that my odds for cancer are high, everytime I'm at a Dr's office and giving my family history you can see and hear the change in the person taking it down. Three Grandparents with cancer. Maternal Grandmother with Metestatic Ovarian Cancer. As one Dr said " You really didn't win the genetic lottery did you?" um no.

Fact of the matter is, I've allready had a cancer scare. Two weeks before I turned 21, I was 14 hours away from my family, at my college in Florida, and I sat in the Dr's office and heard those words that you never want to hear. "With a cyst this size, it is almost definitely cancer."

Thank God it wasn't.

But I have never forgotten that moment, or what it felt like afterwards, walking back to my Dorm and feeling like the whole world had changed.

Now 11 years later, during a normal self exam I felt a lump.

I told my Dr, had an apt, and got referred to go have a Mammogram.

This past Tuesday I spent over two hours at the center having a mammogram and then an ultrasound.

I will say this, if you're worried or scared that a Mammogram will hurt, it doesn't.  And it was very quick. I think the weirdest/most uncomfortable part of it was where my arm had to go. I never really thought my arms were in the way until i went for my mammogram! ha! I told the lady it felt like I was doing really weird yoga.

It was a very long afternoon, nerve wracking to say the least. I was so nervous when I got there I thought about asking the receptionist how many people have had a heart attack while waiting. 

Its a strange thing, being in the back area where the testing is done. Only patients are allowed back in the small waiting room. You sit there with your exam outfit on, among other women who are waiting to hear if they have good or bad news. It was a very interesting dynamic. I can't quite describe it, but you felt for the other women. I ended up talking to each of the three different women that were in the room at the times I was waiting. I found myself wanting to cheer them up, to encourage them and take their mind off from the fear that was coursing through their bodies. (It was going through mine as well) When one of us would be called back into the exam room for a second look, ect, we would wish each other luck and say kind things. It was comforting really, even though I had never met any of them before, we were kind of bound together in that time. Pulling for each other and praying for the other to have good news.

It's been a few weeks since I started writing this blog. At the beginning it was too fresh for me, too personal to share. I debated on whether I wanted to share it or not, but it is part of my history now, and part of my story. And Heavens knows with how bad my memory is becoming I might forget it in the next 7 hours.

Monday, July 28, 2014

All of the sudden I got a Social Life

 After a rough few months being sick and then moving, I apparently decided to see everyone I know within the span of a week. Ha. Ok, maybe not everyone I know, but I did manage to cram a lot of fun stuff  into a short amount of time!

Last week was Fair Week. There is not much I love more than a good Lemon Shake up and Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich. So of course I had to go! Audra was working the Ivy Booth at the Fair on Thursday, AND they were giving away free sunglasses! Score! I wore my sunglasses from last year tons, until I accidentally crushed them, sadness. I made my way over to the fair on Thursday after lunchtime and was pleasantly surprised at how NOT packed it was!
 Auds and I look like we're walking an Ivy Red Carpet. Cracks me up!!
 The next day I hosted my first Lunch at my new house! Muy Caliente and Jda came over and I must say, I made some pretty tasty food!! Which I took a picture of but didn't upload. #fail We had a great time eating and talking and laughing. I missed those girls!!
 Jda is pretty much the cutest pregnant lady ever! She does everything else in her life with style so why not pregnancy? Also, her kids are the cutest ever. I can't wait to see what her first baby BOY looks like! He will be stylish that is one thing I am sure of!
 And my Muy Caliente. How much do I love this girl? SO much!! We were just missing the other member of the Dream Team-Apes!
 First, I am impressed I successfully got all of us in this picture. Second, I laugh everytime I see this, we look like a color wheel. Muy is Tan, Jda is almost tan, and I am pasty. I was feeling pretty good about myself having a "tan" this summer. I have moved up from not the lightest shade of foundation but the NEXT lightest! Yes, I am Casper. Bless my Heart.
 Saturday Morning I got up bright and early, (and by that I mean before 8 am, which I don't even do on a weekday!) and headed out to my students's church for their yearly rummage sale. Yes, those are hula hoops on my shoulder. I had just read in one of my women's magazines about hula hoop exercises, which I thought sounded fun! or as fun as exercise can be... so when I saw them at the sale i just had to have them. I also got a big box of items, none of which i have pictures of.
 Sunday, whew, are you tired yet? I sure was. Sunday I made my way over to the Hospital to actually visit someone there (so much better than being treated there!!) more importantly to MEET someone! My student finally had her baby girl, Caroline, and I was sooo excited to meet her and snuggle!!  Fun fact, I was the first person, after the Mama, that found out Caroline was a girl!! I knew when the big ultrasound was, and had been waiting patiently to find out, we all know i'm not patient so I texted her to find out and she told me she was a girl! I found out at our next lesson I was the first person she told because no one else was answering their phones! I am always the last person to find out anything, so I just want to memorialize this fact.
Anyways, Caroline was the sweetest little burrito ever!! She just slept and slept in my arms! She only fussed when the Nurse took her away from me and undressed her to do tests, ect. She was screaming her head off when she handed her back to me, but with the patented Cherrybear Pat and Sway, she calmed right down! #ihaveagift

It was seriously hard for me to tear myself away from her deliciousness but I finally did. Can't wait till I can get my hands on her again!